Yesterday on Rainy Day Ramblings I reviewed the book Ghosts of Rosewood Asylum by Stephen Prosapio.
If you missed it check out my review here.
If you have any interest in Ghost Hunting you will love this book. It is filled with mystery, ghosts and more. Best part is you can pick up a copy of this book on Amazon for $2.99.
Now here today as part of the Ghosts of Rosewood Asylum Tour, I have Mr. Prosapio to shed some light on where ideas from books come from.
Why Ideas Mean Bullsh*t! (Part I)
Imagine if you will, a dark alleyway downtown. Wrong-side-of-the-tracks downtown.
Newbie Author: Who me?
Shady Character: No. Da’uhdder guy with the notepad and pocket protector. Yeah you!
Newbie Author: (shuffles over)
Shady Character: You look like a guy who knows what to do with a golden idea. Am I right?
Shady Character: Did you fall off the Blue Moon beer truck yesterday? A golden idea. One that gets you atop the NYT best-seller list. I’m talkin’ 19th century circus train ideas. I’m talkin’ ideas about hidden meanings in Renaissance artwork and how the Catholic Church is corrupt.
Newbie Author (dumbfounded): You mean you came up with the ideas for “Water for Elephants” and “The DaVinci Code”?
Shady Character: Heh. Heh. Heh. Just a couple of my satisfied clients. I come from a long line of Idea Men. My dad sold the mafia family idea to Mario Puzo. My grandpa? Think—Kansas Girl Meets a Tornado.
Newbie Author: The Godfather?!?! Wizard of Oz?!?!? Well, I sure want one of those kinds of ideas!
Hopefully the “moral” to the above story is obvious. There are no “ideas” that are destined to be best-selling novels. I bet that a whole psychology book could be written as to why our brains in hindsight judge a successful piece of fiction “better” than an unsuccessful one. And of course there are good ideas, but it’s only after having read the whole novel or viewed the entire film that our mind suspects in hindsight the “idea” was amazing. It’s in the execution of a good idea—the hundreds, if not thousands—of little ideas required in writing a novel or a film that makes something a quality piece of work.
In this series of blogs, I’ll take a look at various aspects of what I call The Idea Obsession. Somewhere along the way I’ll share with you all of the “Golden Ideas” I keep in my Idea Journal…and why I’m not afraid to share them.
Thanks Stephen for stopping by. You can catch more of this dialogue on upcoming stops on the Ghosts of Rosewood Asylum Tour. Click the banner for further details. Don't forget to head over to Amazon and pick up your copy of Ghosts of Rosewood Asylum.
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